I love to learn where parents get their information. If you are in my office and you quote a statistic, I’ll ask where you got your information. Not in a confrontational way but in a curious way.
And when it comes to BPA, here’s what’s interesting: It seems everything parents know about plastic safety is from the Internet. Doctors, it seems, are less apt to confront the edgy material that parents buzz about. It’s Google, not Dr. Spock, that’s empowering this generation of parents. The handouts and instruction sheets on ear infections and constipation that have been disseminated in pediatrician offices for generations are still everywhere. They’re the yellowed remnants of a time when doctors smoked more cigarettes, made more money and controlled information. What you knew was what your doctor told you.
But for better or worse, when it comes to the latest information on BPA, it seems parents are very much on their own. For now. I suspect that the final version of the NTP Brief on Bisphenol A which is due this summer will force the issue further. And if the NIH doesn’t shape professional opinion, the market will.
The Internet is something of an information free market – and ultimately the wisdom of the mob has to be respected. For now, those of us are who are coming up to speed on the issue are finding few professional resources to help us. We too are on our own and we’re depending on the same resources now available to inquiring parents like yourself.
If Dr. Spock could see us now.